We’re being asked to determine the formal charge of chlorine in CO.
To do so, we need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.
Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom.
Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:
What is the formal charge on the carbon atom in carbon monoxide?
A. 0 B. 1 C. 2 D. 4 E. -1
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